Sorry I'm a little late posting... I know if anyone will be understanding it's all of you mamas...Here are some fun art recipes with a few ideas for their use included!
1 Tablespoon clear vinegar
1 Tablespoon baking soda
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon corn syrup
Mix vinegar and baking soda in a bowl. When the mixture stops fizzing, add cornstarch and corn syrup. Blend together. The mixture will have a strange, cakelike consistency. Divide the mixture among three lids. For each color, blend in a few drops of food coloring with a paintbrush. Use immediately, or, after the colors have dried into cakes, swirl a wet brush into each color to start painting.
Paintings don't have to be flat. The paint can stick out like on a Van Gogh. Spread it on with a butter knife or squeeze it out from a squeeze bottle or a plastic zip sandwich bag, and use colored paper.
1/2 cup soap flakes
1/4 cup water
Add a small amount of soap flakes to the water; then beat with an egg beater. Continue adding flakes and beating until mixture is evenly blended. Homemade soap flakes can be made by grating bar soap. Be sure the bars are absolutely dry. Sift the grates through a mesh sieve for a soft powder.
Cornstarch Finger Paint
1/4 cup cornstarch
3/4 cup water
Food coloring or powdered tempera dissolved in a little water
Combine cornstarch with a little of the water in a pot. Stir until they form a smooth paste. Now stir in the rest of the water. Now put the pot over low heat stirring constantly so the mixture doesn't stick. Simmer until clear and thick. Cool. Divide into bowls and blend in coloring or blend in the coloring as you finger paint.
Flour Finger Paint
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup water
1 Tablespoon liquid detergent
Food coloring or powdered tempera
Combine flour, detergent, and water in the mixing bowl. Stir until they form a smooth paste. Divide into bowls and blend in coloring or , blend in the colors as you fingerpaint.
Soap Flake Finger Paint
Whip up a batch of this paint before your child's next bath. Let them paint the bathtub walls with it.
1/4 cup soap flakes
1/2 cup warm water
Add a small amount of soap flakes to water in a bowl and beat with an egg beater. Continue adding and beating until mixture looks like whipped cream. Divide into bowls and blend in coloring, or just blend as you paint.
No-Cook Flour Dough
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 cup water
Combine flour and salt in a bowl and stir. Add water and mix thoroughly. Gather the mixture in your hands and press it into a firm ball. Put the ball on a clean surface and knead until you have a smooth dough.
Cooked Flour Dough
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
2 cups water
2 Tablespoons oil
1 tablespoon cream of tartar
Combine all ingredients in a pot. Stir over low heat being careful not to let the mixture stick. Keep stirring and cooking until the mixture looks like mashed potatoes instead of soup. Remove the pot from the stove and cool until ready to handle. Put the glob on a floured surface and knead until you have a smooth dough.
Follow the same directions as for the Cooked Flour Dough but use the following ingredients:
1 cup cornstarch
2 cups baking soda
11/4 cups water
2 cups soap flakes
1/2 cup hot water
Pour soap flakes and water into a bowl. Add a few drops of food coloring if you wish. Beat until evenly mixed. Gather the mixture in your hands. Press it into a firm glob. Place the glob on a pie plate. Shape it anyway you want. You can let it dry for a few days, and enjoy it as a sculpture, or use it as soap.
If your child eats a little bit of this, you don't need to worry!
2 Tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 cup water
Mix cornstarch and sugar with a little bit of the water in a pot. Stir until it forms a paste. Gradually add the rest of the water and stir. Cook the mixture until it looks like pudding. Store in a covered, clearly marked container in the refrigerator.
This is a great paste to make torn paper collages which toddlers love to do!